Inspiration and Excellence Webinar featuring CMDCM Samira McBride

Dear Friends and Fellow Learning Leaders,

Boy, are you in for a TREAT!  Our next guest mentor is the first woman to ever be awarded the “Master Chief Petty Officer Navy Delbert D Black Leadership Award,” also known as the “CMC of the year Award,” the one and only CMDCM Samira McBride!

A native of Chad, Africa, Samira is the Command Master Chief (CMC) for Afloat Training Group, Norfolk and was the CMC for USS Gonzalez (DDG-66).

CMC McBride’s personal story is astonishing and motivational, but what’s more is her mere presence—the way she lives and leads is an inspiration.  Come listen and learn!

WHEN:  Friday 9 Sept, 16:00 – 17:00 EST

TOPIC:  “Inspiration and excellence” Why should we strive to serve at the highest levels—at the command or executive level—of our organizations?  What inspires leaders today to excellence at the top?

READ AHEAD / PREP:  Read this article published about Samira here.

LINK to REGISTER here   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

WHAT: Lean On Navy is a webinar style professional development circle focused on connection.  I’ll moderate the introduction of our guest speaker. We’ll then break into small 10 minute “break out” rooms, and we’ll end discussing as a group.  It’s an hour to invest in our own professional development and in each other as we connect and learn from one another.

***Please forward widely, to fellow women leaders you want to welcome to a Professional Development (PRODEV) learning circle. Primary focus is women leaders in the Navy or Marine Corps or somehow “connected” to the US Navy or USMC.  Men interested in contributing to the conversation, curious to learn from a “women in the workplace” perspective are welcome (and ENCOURAGED!) to join!**

***This is informal—show up from home or from work, in your PT gear, or in your uniform. Have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine! My only request is that this be the ONLY thing you are doing for this hour.  If this time ends up being no good for you, no problem, I record them!  Just watch the link, or catch the next one! The best GIFT you can give us is your attention. And, it’s the best gift you’ll receive, when someone in your circle LISTENS to you. That’s the real secret sauce of these circles.

Explore the website to check out the library of all past sessions here:

Lean On, Friends!

Supply Corps Internship Programs Fall 2022

Flash from the 49th Chief of Supply Corps
Supply Corps Internship Programs Fall 2022

Supply Corps internship programs provide junior officers with the exceptional opportunity to gain experience in Supply Corps™ principal competencies, explore functional sub-specialties, and engage with seniors, peers, subordinates, mission partners, and suppliers. These internship programs provide Supply Corps officers with knowledge and understanding of our systems, processes, and their interconnectivity, and ultimately ensure the expeditious delivery of services and material solutions to the warfighter.

I encourage you to consider applying for the following internship programs: Business Enterprise Supply Chain Management (BEM), Business Financial Management (BFM), Integrated Logistics Support (ILS), Navy Acquisition Contracting Officer (NACO), Operational Logistics Planning (PLAN), and Petroleum Management (POL). Additional information, including a sample application, is available on the MyNavyHR website. Endorsed applications are due no later than 30 September 2022. Submissions must be sent as a PDF, without Social Security Numbers, to Applicants will receive a confirmation email upon receipt.

Warfare qualified officers (O1-O3) with a Projected Rotation Date (PRD) between October 2022 and October 2023, who either have or will have completed one operational tour are eligible. Officers in the paygrade of O3 will be considered if participation will not affect their opportunity to start or complete their second operational tour before zoning for promotion to O4. Application inquiries should be directed to the Internship Program Coordinator via email ( or by phone (901-874-4273, DSN 882).
Officers submitting an application agree to complete a 24-month internship and remain on active duty for an additional tour of at least 12 months.

I highly encourage you to contact your mentors to discuss their unique perspectives regarding these opportunities.



Proverbs 18:21 (English Standard Version)

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”

Parents and guardians have the crucial responsibility of being the first prophets in the lives of children, especially in this age of social media where there are influences coming from every direction. Building a child up must start at home. What are we prophesying over our children? Are we building them up or are we tearing them down? Are we speaking life or death over our children? Parents must be the first ones to speak positive words of affirmation over their children or else they will go out into the world seeking validation from people who may not have their best interests at heart.

We casually say, “Have a blessed day.”  But I wonder if we grasp the importance of what it means to bless someone. Blessings were important in the Bible. In the Bible it is common for the parents to speak blessings over their children. The greatest patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob all blessed their children. “To be blessed” meant ‘to be favored by God’…Thus to express a blessing is like bestowing a wish on someone that they will experience the favor of God.”[1] So when you tell someone to have a blessed day, you are really telling them that you want them to experience the favor of God during their day.

In the Bible, when parents bless their children, they are speaking God’s favor over their lives. These blessings chart the course for their children’s lives. These parents knew what world they were sending their children into. They knew the world could be rough and is filled with many negative influences. Therefore, parents made sure that they had the greatest influence over their children. Their children knew who they were, who they were descended from, and who they were destined to be so that they could lead successful lives.

But not only were these parents speaking God’s favor over these children, they were instilling a warrior mentality in them as well as holding them accountable for their actions. One of the most prominent blessings is in Genesis 49 when Jacob blessed his 12 sons:

“All these were the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them, giving each the blessing appropriate to him.”[2]

Jacob was very specific to each son giving each a custom blessing. And each son went on to fulfill the destiny spoken over them by their father.

There are hurting people out there who need someone to prophesy good things over them. Your words could change the entire direction of someone’s life. Speak life today. Prophesy over someone. You never know, God could be using you to change the entire trajectory of someone else’s life.


[2] Genesis 49:28